Chapter 9: Reimagining Our Kinship with Animals by Matthew C. Halteman and Megan Halteman Zwart

An illustrated companion to Chapter 9 of Beyond Stewardship: New Approaches to Creation Care. To view main webpage, click here:

Our ability to see some connections and miss others has a great deal to do with our background experiences and beliefs. What we have been taught and have experienced in the past primes us to pay special attention to experiences that confirm our expectations and to respond defensively to, downplay, or dismiss experiences that contradict our expectations."
Defensiveness is a natural response, but it closes one off from learning from a range of experiences. While defensiveness in response to a new, jarring experience closes us off, curiosity opens us up to being tutored by new experiences."

Meat consumption has a huge environmental impact, and most experts agree that reducing our meat consumption is one of the best ways to reduce our carbon footprints. To learn more about diet and climate change, watch this video:

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Our food system and the meat-heavy standard American diet contribute massively to the environmental crisis we now face."
Factory Farm conditions for laying hens (top left, bottom) and meat turkeys (top right). (Photos courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals: http://www.weanimals.org/photographs)
Learning to see animals differently might inspire readers to think, feel, and act differently toward animals too.”
Factory pig farming and dairy farming. (Photos courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals)

Click the following links for helpful resources on animal welfare and veganism:

Our fellowship halls will likely contain a mix of omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans even after everyone in the room has given some thought to these questions. Even so, we maintain that people who are able should strongly consider eating much less meat and many more plants. We see this intentional approach to eating as a powerful way to care for the creation in a twenty-first-century American context."

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